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now says until the well was capped a week ago, as much as 40,000 barrels, or 1.7 million gallons, was flowing from the well every day. that's the equivalent of an exxon validize disaster every five days. also today, b.p. agreed to speed up payments to fishermen and businesses who have suffered financial losses, and the company insisted it has the money to pay for the cleanup. we have a team of correspondents deployed tonight from the gulf to washington to london. first, strawls strauss in grand isle, louisian louisiana. mark, people down there tonight are saying, "i told you so." >> reporter: no question about that, katie. the revised leak estimates will surprise almost no one here. and, frankly, they have bigger worries. disaster is at their shores. again today, waves of oil washed into coastal louisiana and over it. >> please, please send us some help. >> reporter: david cammerdell was one of
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small-town leaders in washington pleading with his congressional committee-- do something now. >> $513 week as mayor. >> reporter: as mayor, he is now feeding some of its 1200 residents out of his own pocket. >> i've got my own family to raise, and i just talked to my secretary, and i can promise you, i will not let no one starve on my island. >> reporter: roland phillips is just as worried, working on his landlocked oyster boat. b.p.'s spill leaves him aificialer man out of water. >> it's in my blood. i love to do it. i'm going to die doing it. but the situation i feel like i'm already dead now. >> reporter: on the sea floor, by next week, b.p. could double the amount of oil it captures every day, but on shore, local leaders see much less progress. >> i have spent more time fighting the officials of b.p. and the coast guard than fighting the oil. >> reporter: one frustration among many. the worked day of b.p.'s thousands of cleanup workers. in this heat, federal
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safety guidelines allow these crews to work only 20 minutes of every hou hour. same rules apply on the water where the day's heat index peaks around 110. workers in hazmat suits work 20 minutes o40 minutes off, so not much work gets done. in an eight-hour shift they only work roughly two and a half hours. louisiana's wildlife is losing the battle. just in the first nine days of june, wildlife workers have collected almost as many oil birds as they did all of may. how much worse can it get? >> oh, i mean, we get another wave of oils like we did last thursday, i mean, it could be every bird in this whole bay is going to be oiled up. >> reporter: the see the is a genuine issue here. take a look at this thermometer. it's early evening and it resident about 95 degrees, and it's humid. add in the smell of the thick crude, and it makes for a pretty long day for cleanup crews and for anyone running out of patience.
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katie. >> couric: and, mark, we have a question for you from a view, something i've worried about. how effective is burning the oil on the water? can't they burn the oil before it reaches shore? >> reporter: well, at first, katie, these control burns were experiments, but they've worked. the coast guard says they've now burned almost four million gallons. although, keep in mind, under the revised leak estimates, that's less than three days of this disaster. can't burn it all because first you have to corral the oil. then you have to wait for calm seas. and the smell from the smoke is toxic. so they also have to wait until they can burn the oil far from shores. katie. >> couric: all right, mark strassmann. mark, thanks very much. we shouldn't forget that 11 people were killed when the oil rig the "deepwater horizon" exploded on april 20. today, members of their family met with the president at the white house. chip reid is there tonight. chip, this must have been a very emotional meeting. >> reporter: it was, katie. we're told the president
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talked to each family individually, offered his condolences and said he will be there for them long after the cameras are gone. the families then went to capitol hill where they spoke very emotionally about the 11 who were lost. >> we can't get our boys back. we can clean up pelicans. we can clean up fish, and they will live. they will continue to live, but we cannot do that for our family members we lost. >> reporter: and, katie, some late-breaking news here. you know, there's been a long-running controversy over the fact that the president hasn't spoken to the c.e.o. or the chairman of b.p. in all these more than 50 days. well, we just got a letter released by the white house that the chairman of b.p. has been invited here to the white house next wednesday to meet with officials including the president. >> couric: all right, chip reid. thanks very much. now to where the oil might wash up next. no one knows for sure but to get's better idea, kelly cobiella went out in the gulf today, with officials looking for those undersea plumes. these on the florida panhandle tonight. and, kelly, were they
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able to locate many of them? >> reporter: well, one crew seemed to at least find a sign of one, katie. this is a big concern for local leaders -- underwater oil that they can't see coming. as it is, many say they're not getting enough warning about the oil on the surface. for the first time, a sheen mixed with red specks of tar made it into florida's pensacola bay, another surprise arrival of oil. skimming boats tried to stop it at the pass, booms line the shore, and more boats were on the way. >> we're putting every boat we can possibly use we're putting it in the water. >> reporter: wednesday it popped up in alabama without warning, and moved into florida waters. local leaders want to know why they're not being warned it's coming. >> florida was not notified. >> reporter: florida senator bill nelson told lawmakers the current command structure is not working. he wants the pentagon in charge. >> we are livid. >> reporter: b.p. and government aitions say they are looking for the oil.
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every day at least 50 private boats in florida help track and clean the spill. these boats are looking for oil below the surface, five miles from the coast. the boom is dropped below the surface of the water, one at five feet down, one at 10 feet. after about 45 minutes of being dragged behind these boats, they pull up the boom and check for oil. >> it's light brown. >> reporter: this boat founded on a boom 10 feet underwater. the question is, when will it come ashore and where. >> bag it, tape it, and put a fresh boom out. >> reporter: beachgoers in both florida and alabama are now being told to swim at their own risk. but there are not many tourists around to warn. randy boggs has five charter fishing boats and not a single client. >> the big concern that i'm hearing voiced here now is b.p. will go bankrupt and not pay the claims. >> reporter: b.p. says it's already paid out more than $53 million in claims, but because of all these concerns, once again today in alabama, the national guard was out going door to door helping people file.
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katie. >> couric: and, kelly, here's a question from twitter, why is b.p. the only company working to clean up the mess? why don't other companies that have equipment help? >> reporter: actually, other companies are helping. you just don't see their names across boats or anything like that. they are-- they all pay into this co-op of the sorts, mmsc, marine spill response corporation. they actually provide the vessels and the equipment once the spill happens, and we saw two of their boats out on pensacola bay today. >> couric: kelly cobiella, kelly, thank you. now, if you have questions about the disaster in the gulf, post them at cbsnews.com or on my twitter page which is at katiecure and i can we'll try to answer them in the tweeks conditional. a lot of the anger in the gulf of course is directed towards b.p., british pitrollium, but tonight we have a different view from britain. here's mark phillips. >> reporter: it's not just the disaster b.p.
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has been responsible for that has drawn such criticism. it may also have to do with the way its chief executive sounds. >> there's no one who wants this thing over more than i do. you know, i'd like my life back. >> reporter: tony hayward may not just lack p.r. touch. his british accent, some say, underlines this is a british company fouling american waters. >> the u.s. does not appreciate the british point of view and the british method of communicating. i think they should have had an american spokesman as their primary spokesman from the beginning. >> reporter: blaming a foreign company, especially a british company, may be convenient, but in this globalized age it's not that simple. who actually owns b.p.? well, 40% of the shares are owned here in the u.k. and the second largest chunk of ownership, 39%, is in the united states. viewed from london by its bicycling mayor, and many others, the come o of-- criticism of b.p. has bordered on brit bashing. >> everybody looks at this with absolute
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anguish, but i don't think it is completely fair to start beating up very, very much on a company and-- a british company-- and doing damage to its share price and, therefore, to u.k. pension funds and all the rest of it. >> reporter: the cost to b.p. of trying to cap the spill and clean up the mess have driven its share price down by about $90 billion, a loss of about 47% of its prespill total value. and now b.p., which accounts for 12% will be of all british stock dividends is being pressured not pay its next dividend until the spill is stopped. this disaster is in gulf, but its effects are being felt a long way away as well. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> couric: now to a scandal on what's considered the most sacred ground in america-- arlington national cemetery. david martin tells us an army investigation has found the remains of more than 200 of this country's heroes may have been misidentified
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or even misplaced. >> reporter: behind the grief, the honor, and the beauty of arlington national cemetery lay a cess pit of mismanagement shes including the ultimate dishonor of misplaced remains. >> there's simply no excuse, and on behalf of the united states army, on behalf of myself, i deeply apologize to the families of the honored fallen. >> reporter: the secretary of the army fired the superintendent and deputy superintendent after the army's inspector general found multiple cases of remains mishandled. >> either an unmarked grave o'er a grave that was improperly marked, brought to us by a family member, or a burial aaron of urn, that was improperly uncovered. >> reporter: an urn containing the ashes of marian ghraib was accidentally buried over another body. her remains were finally moved to another plot without telling her family. family.
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>> reporter: the inspector general's report indvates whistle blower gina grey, the former public affairs officer at the cemetery to told a high-ranking general about the problems two years ago. >> he assured me he would look into it. i spent an hour and 45 minutes with him and two hours later i was fired. >> reporter: grey now has another job and is siewght army. arlington national sem stare now has to believe for the remains and there could be more. >> couric: in other news, the search is on for an american teenager missing at sea. at just 16, she set sail from california, trying to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone, but john blackstone reports, her last communication today was a distress signal. >> reporter: 16-year-old abbey sunderland knew she had a dangerous goal. >> it's pretty scary looking at the whole thing. >> reporter: in her
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high-tech sailboat, she want toad become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world. >> i'm prepared to go through storms and so is the boat. >> reporter: her brother, zach, sailed alone around the world last year when he was just 17. >> praying for her a lot and, you know, she's got all the right equipment on her boat so she should be doing fine. >> reporter: but from the beginning there were many who worried why abbey's parents would let her head out to sea alone. sailing officials did not endorse the trip and cautioned that it's a rare and difficult ques quest. for abbey's father, however, the doubters did not understand his daughter's search for adventure. >> the naysayers they'll always pop up. and, you know, they'll probably end up dying in front of her television sets. whons? >> reporter: sailing through the indian ocean this month her parents knew she was hitting storm season. in her last internet post she wrote of winds gusting at 60 knots with the seas still huge and her boat rolling around like crazy. early today, 400 miles from land while talking to her mother, she set
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off emergency beacons. attempts to be the youngest record holder have often been controversial. >> i don't know anything about records. i just know that i'm going to break a record. >> reporter: in 1996, seven-year-old jessica dubroth died trying to be the youngest person flying across the country. last month 13-year-old jordan romero became the youngest to climb mount everest and warned other youngsters not to try it. meanwhile, abbey sunderland's friends are praying her adventure isn't over. >> god, we know if you can say jonah in belly of the whale, lord, you can save abbey. >> couric: from cbs money watch tonight, a big rally on what has been a very volatile stock market. the dow gains 273 points today, putting the blue chip index back above 10,000. still ahead here on the cbs evening news, it's driving goalies crazy at the world cup-- the new soccer ball that just won't fly straight. but up next, losing a
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national title five years after winning the championship game.
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>> couric: u.s.c. is one of the premiere teams in college football, but today it was hit with some very big penalties, the result, bill whitaker tells us, of serious rules violations. >> reporter: finesse on the gridiron brought reggie bush glory. the heisman trophy, a super bowl ring, and the glitz that goes with it.
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his on-off affair with reality star kim kardashian had him on the gossip page as much as much as the sports page but today his golden luster was deeply tarnished along with the storied sports program at the university of southern california. in a scathing report, the n.c.a.a. college sports governing body said while he was a student athlete, bush and his parents hit up marketing agents for thousands of dollars, a car, housing, washer and dryir, air travel, hotels, in clear violation of n.c.a.a. rules. >> this case strikes at the heart of the principles of amateurism in the n.c.a.a. >> reporter: now every game bush helped u.s.c. win, even the orange bowl victory, the b.c.s. championship in 2005, will be wiped from the books. u.s.c. also was stripped of sports scholarships and banned from lucrative postseason bowl games for two years. >> this would rank as one of the worst
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penalties that a major college has faced in the last, i would say 30 years. >> reporter: it's also a black eye for famed former u.s.c. coach pete carroll, who jumped to coach the seattle seahawks while the n.c.a.a. was investigating his program. as for u.s.c.? the university says it will appeal. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles.
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>> couric: some peace of mind for nearly 10,000 first responders and construction workers who suffered health problems after working
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at ground zero. they reached a $712 million settlement today with the city of new york, the money to come from a federal insurance fund. the ipad has attracted the attention of a lot of people, including hackers, who got access to the personal information of more than 100,000 ipad owners. they did it by exploiting loopholes in the at&t wireless network. the breach exposed the personal e-mail addresses of some well-known figures, even new york city mayor michael bloomberg. tonight, the f.b.i. said it is investigating. and for a while today, it looked like we'd be saying bye-bye to one of the most popular brand names ever. g.m. told employees they were no longer to refer to chevrolet as chevy, and anyone who did, was asked to put a quarter in a cuss can. but when the word got out, a very embarrassed g.m. said it's simply trying to create a consistent brand name for the car, and chef lovers are free to keep calling it a chevy. ♪ i drove my chevy to the levee, but
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>> couric: finally, tonight, the world's biggest sports
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competition kicks off tomorrow in south africa, soccer's world cup. now, if your kids or grand kids play the game, you know a thing or two about soccer because. but as anthony mason reports, you've never seen anything like this one. >> reporter: the nearly 6 billion people expected to watch the world cup will see something dramatically new on the field-- the ball. is this a very different ball? >> it is a very different ball. >> reporter: the jabulani, as it's called, was unveiled by adidas with dancing girls and its own theme song. >> first and foremost, it's taken a logical revolution. >> reporter: the word "jabulani" is zulu for celebration, but players aren't celebrating. brazil's goalie called the ball horrible. italy's goalie said it's a nightmare. and america's goalkeeper called it horse... well, we can't say what he said. >> the keepers are petrified. >> reporter: youtube reviews posted by so,
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fans show the ball swerving strangely. in the instant replay, you can see the jabulani clearly zigzag, behaving more like a whistle ball than a so, ball. but adidas insists-- >> this is most accurate ball we have ever made. >> reporter: while older balls have 32 sewn panels, the vinyl jabulani has eight heat-bonded panels which adidas claims make it perfectly round. three years in the making, it's been run through wind tunnels and robotic legs, not just for kicks, but for cash. the german company sold 15 million because around the last world cup four years ago, so it's not just about another soccer ball. for them, it's a game of money ball. have you seen one of these before? >> no, i haven't. >> reporter: we showed the new ball, which sells for $150, to three experienced players, including winston buddle, sues son, edison, plays for the u.s. team.
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jerry edwards saw the cirns right away. watch this as the ball makes a dramatic turn to the left. whoa. >> faster and more knuckle, more swerve to it. >> reporter: you think this ball could change the game. >> i think so. >> reporter: today on its web site, adidas finally concede its ball does travel faster at higher altitudes. that will mean more trouble for goalies at the world cup in south africa, but maybe more thrilz for fans. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> couric: and that is the cbs evening news for tonight. i'm katie couric. thanks for watching. i'll see you tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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